Today I bought €
10.00 in SkypeOut credits, just to test the service and see how it works. The operation was smooth and according to the site the €
10.00 in credits gives me close to 10 hours of calling at the SkypeOut Global Rate. The rates are very attractive and tonight, when I got home, I'll test the service. If you have already used the service, drop me a comment and let me know your opinion about the service. My skype user id is guerchele.
[Via Scott Galloway]
While in my 'getting back into coding' frame of mind I've been surfing around looking at various sources of information - I've come to realise something that I missed before - there's a lot less 'high quality' information avaialble today that say 3 years ago.
Back in the days of classic ASP there were a bunch of excellent sites when you could reliably find awesome articles on all the latest toys and techniques...now though it ain't so good! So sites like ASPToday, DotNetJunkies and 4GuysFromRolla just don't seem to publish that regularly anymore and what is there seems kind of 'old-fashioned', even 15Seconds (which was always a totally awesome site) feels a little tired! I guess a lot of people now just read a very few blogs and visit the ASP.NET main site for all their information. This is a real pity, I can't really imagine trying to learn ASP.NET from scratch using just the 'calssic' sources of information. Oh, there is one exception, EggHeadCafe - very cool stuff there!
Hopefully it's just something I'm missing and there's some other sites which do fill this niche - so what sites do you use most, where's the best non-blog source for great ASP.NET information?
Oh, and I just bought a mini-Mac yay!
[Via Stephen Toub]
The February 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/02.
The February installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters, is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/02/NETMatters.
And for those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/02/MSDNMag0502.chm.
Additionally, the patterns & practices Digest that was shipped with the issue to subscribers is available for download as a PDF here.
[Via John Bristowe - Calgary, Canada]
Foundstone released SiteDigger v2.0 last week (January 6th, 2005). This free .NET-based tool employs the Google Web APIs to hunt & peck through the Google cache to see if your site is leaking information that is (potentially) valuable to hackers:
Dissecting a C# Application: Inside SharpDevelop:
Dissecting a C# Application: Inside SharpDevelop is free at Apress[Via Eric Gunnerson]
Biztalk Server 2004 Hosted Labs:
Paul Ballard, from TheServerSide.NET points us to 14 hosted labs on Biztalk Server 2004. My partner Harley will be most delighted with the news.[Via Edgar Sánchez - Quito, Ecuador]